More bad news for Obamacare: As the nation begins to slowly implement President Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul legislation, some families will find that they are priced out of health insurance thanks to what is being called a “glitch” in the legislation.
The attempt to fix the problem by the IRS didn’t work, leaving the legislation’s supporters dismayed and its detractors devilishly pleased. The AP reports that some families that can’t afford employer coverage will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private insurance by themselves.
The Obama administration is blaming Congress for the “glitch” and tried to ease the impact by excusing affected families from the tax penalty for being uninsured. (That’s the IRS measure that didn’t work.)
“This is a very significant problem, and we have urged that it be fixed,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA. “It is clear that the only way this can be fixed is through legislation and not the regulatory process.”
Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, an advocacy group for children, said that up to 500,000 children could be dropped from any insurance thanks to the hiccup. “The children’s community is disappointed by the administration’s decision to deny access to coverage for children based on a bogus definition of affordability,” Lesley said in a statement.
This “glitch” is unfortunately one of many that has slowly come into focus as Obamacare moves toward full implementation, notes The Huffington Post. That’s why it’s important to actually read your 1,500-page piece of legislation before you pass it, Ms. Pelosi.
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